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Comment on The Power of Inaction by Cornelia Woll

Jason O. JensenORCID iD: http://orcid.org/0000-0003-0341-659X
Published Online: 2015-12-22 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ael-2015-0010


This comment presents three arguments. First, that while The Power of Inaction focuses on the role of banks within bailout negotiations, this framework can be gainfully expanded by considering the government side of the bailout negotiations: evidence from the U.S. and German cases suggests that the government, as well as banks, can wield the threat of inaction in a bailout negotiation. Second, that coordinated interventions were implemented in countries where the largest leading banks were weak, and vice versa. As this singularly determines the type of intervention, it leaves little room for making strong inferences on other factors. Third, that Woll’s study indicated that coordinated interventions are more cost-efficient than uncoordinated interventions. An unexplored implication is that government negotiators can gainfully persuade banks to take part in a coordinated intervention.


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About the article

Published Online: 2015-12-22

Published in Print: 2016-03-01

Funding: This comment draws on my dissertation research which examined bailouts in the US, UK and Germany in 2007/08 and has been funded by the Fonds de Recherche du Québec – Société et Culture (grant 177016) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (grant 752-2013-1900).

Citation Information: Accounting, Economics and Law - A Convivium, Volume 6, Issue 1, Pages 65–78, ISSN (Online) 2152-2820, ISSN (Print) 2194-6051, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ael-2015-0010.

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